Category Archives: Christmas

what I really, really want….

Minefields and Christmas gift buying may not be an ideal comparison but the latter is without doubt an area through which one must step with extreme care, if only hypothetically. Back in the mists of time I went through a period … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Christmas, Digital photography, Expectation, Gold, Humour, Myrrh, Photography, Presents, Shopping, Three Wise Men, Uncategorized, Writing, Xmas Presents | Tagged , , , , , , | 28 Comments

thank your lucky stars…and stripes..

This is hardly the right time for right minded  Americans (I use the phrase advisedly) to be saying a hearty “thank you” but that’s exactly what a large swathe of them will be doing today although I’m not sure that a … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Baking, BBQ, Chicken, Christmas, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Photography, Poultry, Pumpkin Frittata, Rachel Roddy, Recipes, Thanksgiving, turkey, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

a €hristmas Calor…..

A €hristmas Calor defines the fear of that moment of realisation that there is no spare gas bottle when the flame splutters and dies half way through the ritual destruction of salmonella, and all her bacterial chums, thus ensuring that your €hristmas goose … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Christmas, Digital photography, Humour, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

grumpy santa’s golden balls….

Being that we are, if not renowned, at least known for our minimalist Christmas decorations which, were it not for our grandchildren could easily descend to many degrees below minimal, you can imagine my surprise when I was, this very … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Christmas, Christmas decorations, Digital photography, Humour, lifestyle, Photography, Still life | Tagged , , , , , , | 27 Comments

It’s not big, it’s quite funny but it’s not clever…

….but it is our Christmas tree. Happy Christmas to you all:)

Posted in 2014, Christmas, Digital photography, Photography, photography course | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 66 Comments

’tis the season that dare not speak its name ….

Cake and chocolate are two “C” words that have not, as yet, been proscribed. Christmas and cunt have been. Creating forbidden fruit has never succeeded in producing an aversion in those to whom the fruit are irresistible. Words of all kinds are irresistible … Continue reading

Posted in baking, cake, Childhood memories, Christmas, Cookery Writers, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Dominique's Chocolate Cake, Eileen Reece, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, harmony, Humour, hypocrisy, Memory, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 52 Comments

The drizzle, it drizzleth every day …..

The time has come for the fire to be lit in the daylight hours rather than at dusk. I use the term “daylight” loosely as “daygrey” would be more pertinent, both in luminance and mood. This is cake weather, where cake … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Baking, cake, Christmas, Coffee, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Memory, Photography, photography course, Raymond Blanc, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 66 Comments

Wickedleeks….

I don’t know much about a science book, and I don’t know much about the French I took …but anything I’m not sure about, as long as it’s to do with vegetables or local French, can be resolved by our … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Cheese, Christmas, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, Garden, Gardening, Humour, Leek and cheese souffle, leeks, Photography, photography course, Recipes, souffle, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

A red cabbage is not just for Christmas…said the Ghost of Christmas Pissed

Benjamin Franklin mooted that guests are like fish, beginning to smell after three days, which is uncannily similar to my feelings about Christmas fare, thoughts of which arrive like unwanted guests some weeks before, and some days after, the event. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, 2014, Christmas, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Recipes, Red Cabbage, Terence and Vicki Conran, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 69 Comments

We Three Kings of Ory and Tar…

It’s a lovely song but it doesn’t take much to realise that something, or someone, is missing. The title declares the presence of three kings yet only the king of Tory and his chum, the king of Tar are mentioned. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Chocolate Mousee, Christmas, desserts, Digital photography, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Myrrh, Religion, Three Wise Men, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 64 Comments